The Souerby surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England
. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.
Early Origins of the Souerby family
The surname Souerby was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book
as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.
Early History of the Souerby family
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Souerby Spelling Variations
Souerby has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Souerby have been found, including Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
Early Notables of the Souerby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Souerby family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Souerbys to arrive on North American shores: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..
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